Trick-or-treating triggers so many crazy behaviors in children with special needs. It can also cause some pretty extreme anxiety in parents. At least it does in me anyways.
The act of trick-or-treating includes a very specific sequence of events. There is an incredible amount of sensory stimuli involved. Trick-or-treating requires social skills and coordination. It's a wonder any special needs child participates successfully.
Our children have definitely had their fair share of struggles over the years. When they were determined to go trick-or-treating this year, I knew I would need to create materials and provide resources that will help them be successful. The first on my list was a trick-or-treating social story. I'm sharing it with you as subscribers only free printable today.
This social story has been a joint project. I teamed up with the amazing Dyan from And Next Comes L to ensure that this was the very best trick-or-treating social story available. It includes an incredible amount of detail with pictures to help special needs children with anything and everything they may struggle with.
About the Trick-or-Treating Social Story
The social story can be used with children who have autism, ADHD, anxiety, PTSD, Reactive Attachment Disorder, other trauma disorders and more.
It addresses topics such as:
- Social Etiquette
- All Things Scary
This social story can be read before trick-or-treating with your special needs child. In our home, we read it on a daily basis for at least a week leading up to the big event.
The social story can also come with you if necessary, to be used as a visual reminder of what to expect while trick-or-treating. For those with PTSD and trauma issues, it can be used as a resource when your child is triggered, to help bring them back to the present.
At times children may want to use the social story after trick-or-treating to help them remember the joy they felt, and/or to help them communicate what happened with others.
No matter how your family chooses to use it, it's an incredible Halloween resource for all families who have children with special needs.
How to Receive Your Copy of the Trick-or-Treating Social StoryThis free printable is the second of three that will be available to newsletter subscribers only. Don't pass up the opportunity to take advantage of this wonderful resource! Subscribe today!
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We hope you will consider purchasing our book, and that you take advantage of the wonderful free printable offered here. Detailed instructions on how to use the social story are included in the our book.
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